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To: Hon Michael Wood, Minister of Transport & KiwiRail

Save Our National Passenger Rail Network

Save Our National Passenger Rail Network

We call on the Government and KiwiRail to commit to maintaining existing intercity passenger rail services. Furthermore, we ask for a comprehensive national strategy for future passenger rail services built around concern for climate action and economic development.

Why is this important?

Trains connect communities and are an important part of climate change action.

In late 2021, KiwiRail, announced end of same-day intercity services between Auckland/Wellington and Picton/Christchurch. They were to be replaced by luxury multi-day rail cruises. In a win for this campaign, KiwiRail recently reversed that decision and reinstated the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific effective September 2022.

While this is a win for the travelling public, it is not the end of the issue. Much of Aotearoa New Zealand remains disconnected by from the rail passenger network and other services, like the the Capital Connection between Wellington and Palmerston North, remain under threat from underinvestment.

This comes at a time when the Government has said it is committed to climate action and reducing inequality.

Trains have connected friends and families for graduations, weddings, holidays, and business for generations. They have connected towns with the cities, and bought our country together. But a period of privatisation and decades of underfunding has limited the development and use of our national rail network.

Trains have an important place in our future but it requires investment and planning from this Government.

🛤 Rail provides a more sustainable and climate friendly method of transport across the country.
🛤 Rail can invigorate the social and economic life of small communities by making them accessible to remote workers and tourists.
🛤 Trains can bring our diverse country together by connecting them to people and landscapes across wide distances.
🛤 Trains provide an accessible method of point-to-point transport for the elderly and disabled.
🛤 Trains can help take traffic off the roads and improve road safety.

Rail is an important part of our past, but it should also be part of our future. Join the campaign to support the retention of a national passenger rail network.

Updates

2022-06-23 13:26:49 +1200

Join a public talk by Dr André Brett on New Zealand’s Shrinking Passenger Railway Network on 6 July in Auckland or by Zoom:
https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2022/new-zealandrs-shrinking-passenger-railway-network/auckland

2022-06-22 11:58:07 +1200

Another passenger train is fighting for survival. Ancient carriages, regular breakdowns, and constraints on timetables mean that without urgent investment, the Capital Connection's days may be numbered:
https://youtu.be/XLBnFkDqk9Y

2022-03-09 14:21:39 +1300

We released a media statement:
Passenger rail disappears while KiwiRail posts operating surplus
https://www.allrailways.co.nz/rail-news/passenger-rail-disappears-while-kiwirail-posts-operating-surplus

2022-03-06 19:17:06 +1300

Want to join support the campaign by joining a local group? You can join those here: https://www.allrailways.co.nz/local-groups.html

Can you display a poster with a QR code to help drive more signatures for this online petition? You can print the poster from here: https://www.allrailways.co.nz/uploads/1/2/1/8/121825042/save_our_trains_poster.pdf

Want to help get signatures on paper from a local event or place? Download the petition form here: https://www.allrailways.co.nz/uploads/1/2/1/8/121825042/save_our_trains_petition.pdf

2022-03-01 21:44:18 +1300

The #SaveOurTrains petition just hit 6000 signatures. Let's keep on track...next stop 10,000!

2022-02-21 15:31:29 +1300

We've released an open letter to the Minister of Transport requesting that rail to be represented among the speakers at the 'Decarbonising the Transport System' Conference on 1 March. You can read the full letter here: https://www.allrailways.co.nz/rail-news/open-letter-to-minister-of-transport-on-decarbonising-the-transport-system-conference

2022-02-17 15:55:26 +1300

Small win. Great Journeys of New Zealand (KiwiRail passenger rail arm) is including a question about a daily AKL-WLG service in their market research survey (https://www.allrailways.co.nz/rail-news). Subscribe to their newsletter on their website to be included (https://www.greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/explore-nz/our-scenic-nz-trains/northern-explorer-and-coastal-pacific-restart-22/). A question on a survey isn't a train on the tracks. We need to keep up the pressure to #SaveOurTrains

https://youtu.be/ozqas0S0YgA

2022-02-13 09:59:30 +1300

5,000 signatures reached

2022-01-22 22:02:23 +1300

1,000 signatures reached

2022-01-22 00:18:24 +1300

500 signatures reached

2022-01-20 18:41:36 +1300

100 signatures reached

2022-01-20 15:48:44 +1300

50 signatures reached

2022-01-20 13:27:05 +1300

25 signatures reached

2022-01-20 12:34:08 +1300

10 signatures reached